The US DOE has released $3.9 billion in ARRA funding to update the national electricity grid into a smart grid, which will improve efficiency, reliability, and security while allowing greater integration of renewable resources. The Smart Grid Investment Grant Program will support cost-shared initiatives to manufacture, purchase, and install existing smart grid technologies that can be deployed on a commercial scale. The majo rity of the funding, roughly $3.4 million, will be distributed in grants of up to $2 million, while the rest has been earmarked for smaller projects. According to the DOE’s announcement, funding is available for six different types of projects: equipment manufacturing, customer systems, advanced metering infrastructure, electric distribution and transmission systems, and integrated or crosscutting systems. Matching funding is required for each grant. (Source: Energy Efficiency News, June 26, 2009)

Contact: Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy, (202) 586-9220, cathy.zoi@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov.